Pamela a fashion award contender

A student at Heriot-Watt University’s Galashiels campus is up for a top fashion award.

Pamela Aitken, 23, has been shortlisted for Graduate of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards.

Pamela, from Larbert, has studied fashion for four years at the Netherdale campus, and will pick up a placement with Marks & Spencer if she wins the graduate category.

She said: “I’m thrilled to have been nominated in the Scottish Fashion Awards. “Whether I win or not, it has given me a tremendous boost towards achieving my goal of reaching the top in such an exciting industry.”

Mark Timmins, programme director at Heriot-Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Pamela and well deserved.

“She has worked hard throughout her course and has created a stunning collection that is bold, tasteful and contemporary.”

A university spokesperson added: “Pamela’s designs demonstrate her unique and creative style, with a womenswear collection created with high quality silks, Venetian wool, metallic organza and coated cotton.”

The student sourced fabrics herself to complement the features of her designs.

“There are bursts of colour throughout the collection, from rich orange, metallic silver, subtle ochre and bold black and she has introduced laser-cut hexagon shapes to selected garments to make a strong personal statement,” added the spokesperson.

Pamela will find out whether she has won on June 15, when the SFA awards are held at the SECC in Glasgow.

She will present her one-off collection at the Heriot-Watt University 2011 Graduation Exhibition and Show in Edinburgh on Friday, June 24 along with 23 fellow graduate fashionistas.